Box art for Spread

Spread

comedy


High-end lothario Nikki (Ashton Kutcher) sleeps his way into a life of privilege all while crashing at the Hollywood Hills home of a middle-aged female attorney (Anne Heche).

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    21%
  • Audience Score
    28%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
4 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
5 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Sexy-but-shallow grifter dramedy is too mature for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this mature Ashton Kutcher dramedy is an interesting take on beautiful L.A. and all its associated ugliness -- but it's definitely not for kids. Expect lots of fairly graphic sex scenes (including naked breasts and buttocks), some swearing (including "s--t" and "f--k"), and pervasive materialism (with all of the associated high-end labels). The lead character -- who's essentially a gigolo -- does go through a sort of reinvention borne out of a realization that what he has isn't what he wants, but he's still not exactly what you'd call a role model.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how the movie portrays sex and relationships. Parents, if your teens watch, be sure to discuss the real-life consequences of sex, as well as your own family's values on the subject.
  • Why does Nikki do what he does? Is his life as enviable as itmight seem to outside observers? Why does he start to struggle withhimself?
  • What's the movie's take on society's obsession with material trappings?Is this trend exaggerated for effect in the movie, or do you think thisis really how some people live?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    21%
    reviews counted: 27
    see all Spread reviews
  • Audience

    28%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: The film becomes unintentionally funny when he falls for another hustler (Margarita Levieva) with even less conscience, their grand passion leading to ludicrous behavior and soap-opera dialogue.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Thursday, August 20, 2009

Fresh: Mackenzie is a consummate stylist, one of British cinema's emerging 21st-century talents, who has displayed a remarkable ability to make interesting movies that get in their own way and never reach wide audiences.

- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fresh: The very impressive Spread deserves to be a cherished gem.

- Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

It's a relief for me after watching this movie because FINALLY Ashton Kutcher found a role in a movie that perfectly fit for him... After first seeing he messing himself around in 'Dude, Where's My Car?' then 'My Boss' Daughter', and in the disappointing 'What Happens In Vegas', I think this is the movie that perfectly fit for him... I'm not mentioning 'The Butterfly Effect', but what I saw in 'Spread' already pleased me... The story of this movie itself was not bad, at least I was pretty impressed with the story even thought this was a sex comedy... Once again, a big thumbs up for Kutcher! And the other thing I like because this movie was pretty similar to one of my favorite Korean movie 'The Art Of Seduction'.. =)

- ajaymuthecooldevils, Thursday, March 11, 2010

3 stars

Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche absolutely sizzle in this modern update of the Richard Gere classic, American Gigolo!.

- deano, Monday, January 4, 2010

4 stars

I felt that the beginning of the movie was a little pretentious in the beginning, but it really became a good story. Ashton Kutcher played a perfect hipster with the most ridiculous outlook on life. I loved the idea of him literally losing everything he had by the completion of the movie. It had a great filming style and fit the story perfectly.

- ythelastman89, Thursday, November 26, 2009